Subject details

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the central aims and objectives of cross-cultural history
  2. understand the place of cross-cultural history in world historical context
  3. ecognise and compare the complexities and varieties within specific contact histories
  4. place the history of cross-cultural contact with the larger frameworks of transnational, imperial and colonial history
  5. apply ways of thinking about contact and cross-cultural exchange to rethinking world history
  6. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues
  7. analyse, evaluate and synthesise a range of historical images and texts
  8. develop sustained, logical and informed arguments about the dynamics of cross-cultural world history
  9. appreciate and evaluate the variety of approaches to cross-cultural world history
  10. draw on a knowledge of history to understand the complexities and dynamics shaping, forging and limiting cross-cultural exchange.
    • Cross-Cultural Contact: Rethinking Colonial History
    • The Legacies of Slavery: A Cross-Cultural Approach to World History
    • Pacific First Contact: On the Beach
    • Early Sydney: Intercultural Exchange?
    • Sex and Intermarriage: Gender and Race in the Colonies
    • Performance and Display: The Case of Sara Baartman
    • Museums and Exhibits: A Cross-Cultural History of Things
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Cross-Cultural World History investigates the experience of colonisation from both sides of contact (c.1700-1950) and in light of cross-cultural exchanges involving gender and sexuality, trade, travel narratives, conflict and law, and intercultural exchanges between coloniser and colonised. It will cover a range of historical case studies and approaches to cross-cultural contact in world history including in the New World, Australasia and the Pacific and North America, and through applying recent theories of 'contact', space and bodies; the transnational circulation of ideas, people and things; and the place of intercultural exchange in the broader context of colonial violence.

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Reading Review (10%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Major Essay (30%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.